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Travel to and within Rotterdam 2017-09-12T13:18:22+00:00

Rotterdam is centrally located in the Netherlands and has a good connection to the Dutch rail network and to the highways to other cities in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Rotterdam also has its own airport and a fast train connection with the international airport Schiphol. Rotterdam is perfectly accessible in any way you travel.

Fly to Rotterdam

There are several options to travel to Rotterdam by air. The international hub Schiphol Amsterdam is only 26 minutes away from Rotterdam. Rotterdam has also its own regional airport, which is the second largest airport in the Netherlands. You can also decide to fly via Eindhoven Airport, the hub of many low-cost airlines. As an alternative, fly to Rotterdam via Brussels International Airport in Belgium and get there by train. Explore the different airports, destinations and timetables and find out which flight to Rotterdam is most convenient for you!

Schiphol Airport offers connections from all over the world and is only 60 km away from Rotterdam. You can easily reach Rotterdam Central Station by the high-speed train from Schiphol Airport within 26 minutes. All major airlines fly to Schiphol Amsterdam Airport including KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, British Airways, Delta Airlines, Air China, Lufthansa, Japanese Airlines, Korean Air, Malaysian Airlines, SAS and United Airlines. Schiphol Amsterdam also offers a special terminal for low-cost airlines.

Link: https://www.schiphol.nl/en/

Eindhoven Airport is a small regional airport located in the south of the Netherlands from which several low cost airlines like Ryanair, Wizzair and Transavia carry out their flights. These airlines offer direct flights to London, Barcelona, Rome, Milan, Marseille, Madrid, Budapest, Dublin, Paris, Pisa, Istanbul, Katowice, Stockholm, Hamburg, Valencia and Reykjavik. Eindhoven Airport is 106 kilometers away from Rotterdam. Get there by train to Eindhoven Railway Station in 70 minutes, from where a bus service departs to Eindhoven Airport every 15 minutes.

Link: https://www.eindhovenairport.nl/en

Zaventem Brussels International Airport in Belgium is located 115 kilometers south of Rotterdam. Brussels International Airport is Belgium’s main hub with connections all over the world. Get there by high-speed international train “Thalys” to Brussels South (Midi) in 60 minutes or by regular intercity train in 90 minutes. Thalys requires an advance seat reservation. From Brussels Midi, the airport train takes you to Brussels Airport every 15 minutes. The total trip time from Brussels Airport to Rotterdam is about 1 hour 45 minutes by Thalys or 2 hours 15 minutes by regular train.

Link: https://www.brusselsairport.be/en

By Train

Due to its location and geography, Rotterdam is well connected to the Netherlands railroad system and has many international train connections. The major train hub is Rotterdam Central Station in the middle of the city center with non-stop train services to other big cities in the Netherlands such as Amsterdam, The Hague and Utrecht. In addition, most international trains, like the Thalys from Brussels and Paris, call at Rotterdam Central Station.

The Dutch Railways offer a fast InterCity train service connecting Rotterdam non-stop with other big cities in the Netherlands, while slower regional trains call at nearly every station. The fastest city-center-to-city-center trip times to Rotterdam are:

Amsterdam (InterCity Direct) 42 min
Schiphol Airport (InterCity Direct) 26 min
Antwerp (Thalys) 32 min
Berlin (ICE) 6 hrs 55 min
Brussels South (Thalys) 1 hr 10 min
Cologne (ICE) 3 hrs 07 min
Düsseldorf (ICE) 2 hrs 41 min
Frankfurt Airport (ICE) 4 hrs 11 min
London St. Pancras (Eurostar) 3 hrs 55 min
Paris North (Thalys) 2 hrs 37 min
The Hague HS (InterCity) 19 min
Utrecht (InterCity) 38 min

Travel from Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam Central Station

From Central Station to De Doelen by foot

From the central station to “De Doelen” (conference center)
You cross the place in front of the central station and you go east on the street “Weena” in direction “Kruisplein” (approx. 50 m). Then you turn right into “Kruisplein” (approx. 190 m). Afterwards you turn left into “Schouwburgplein” the “De Doelen” is located on your left (approx. 110 m). It takes approx. 5 minutes by walking.

Public Transport

Rotterdam’s trams, buses and metro are provided by RET (www.ret.nl). Most converge near Rotterdam Central Station. The RET information booth sells tickets and is down in the Central metro station. There are other information booths in the major metro stations.

Day passes are sold for varying durations: 1/2/3 days costs € 7.50/12.50/16.50. A single-ride ticket purchased from a bus driver or tram conductor costs € 3. Ticket inspections are common.

Trams are the best way to get around the city. They go virtually everywhere and you get to do some sightseeing along the way. The metro (subway) is geared more for trips to the suburbs.